Tell your story through photographs

Ref: C2522938

A practical photography course for people who are interested in learning how to take beautiful and meaningful photographs of the world around them and developing a personal series of photographs on a theme of their choosing.

Course aim

To introduce the participant to some of the skills and knowledge of taking photographs and enable the participant to develop their own series of images.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Through indoor and outdoor practicals the course will introduce participants to photographic elements such as composition and colour, light and shadow (aesthetics), as well as considering how ideas, senses and feelings could become part of a photograph. Using these skills participants will also practice producing small photographic series on a variety of themes as well as producing a personal series on a topic of their choosing. Learning and practising these elements will enable participants to make informed choices related to aesthetics, composition and meaning when taking their photographs, as well as understanding how a series of complimentary images can work together to explore and represent a theme or idea in greater depth.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1) Begin to understand how to take photographs that compliment the objectives and ideas of the photographer. 2) Begin to be aware of composition and light when taking photographs. 3) Begin to understand how to take photographs to represent ideas, emotions and concepts. 4) Photograph a series of images based on a particular theme or idea. 5) Have confidence when discussing and describing the motivation and inspiration behind taking a photograph.

How will I know I'm making progress?

The tutor will offer photographic tips and advice during the practical sessions, in group discussions and through one-to-one feedback sessions. In these sessions the tutor will offer suggestions on how a participant’s photographs could be further developed and the participant and tutor will work together to assess how the participant’s photography develops throughout the course. These sessions will happen on a weekly basis. Individual one-to-one feedback sessions may happen on a fortnightly basis depending on overall class numbers.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

The participant must bring something to the sessions that can take photographs. This could be anything from a mobile phone to a more advanced SLR.

Reading and information sources

There is no particular pre-course reading or preparation.

What could the course lead to?

The Side Gallery on The Quayside can be visited free of charge, and is a place where participants can review exhibitions of long-term photographic series by many different photographers from all over the world. 5 - 9 Side . Newcastle upon Tyne . NE1 3JE . 0191 232 2208 There are a number of colleges in the Tyne and Wear area that run part-time and full-time photography courses of all levels, these include: Gateshead College, Photography for Beginners: Newcastle College, Digital Photography: Getting started - Level 1 (Part-Time):

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
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